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Rosberg and Button predict big year ahead for Vettel

  • Published on 29 Jan 2019 10:20
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Former F1 world champions Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button have predicted a big year ahead in 2019 for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Both believe that it could be a close season between Vettel and new teammate Charles Leclerc, as well as his ongoing rivalry with Rosberg and Button's former teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg, who eventually beat Hamilton to the title and duly retired from the sport in 2016, believes both Vettel and Ferrari in general need major improvements if they're to taste championship success once again. Rosberg is also concerned that Vettel may face a 2014 style result, when new Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo outperformed him that season.

"He needs to improve and the team needs to improve overall. They just had too many mistakes last year because they possibly could've won it," Rosberg commented. "It's going to be a big year for Sebastian I think. When Daniel Ricciardo came into Red Bull he found it difficult.

"Daniel put him under a lot of pressure. I think if Charles can do that this year it's a tough decision of where Sebastian is going to go for the future and that's what he's going to do"

Button, the 2009 world champion with Mercedes' previous incarnation, the one hit wonder Brawn GP team, also praised Leclerc but believes that the slight regulation changes for 2019 will only motivate former McLaren teammate Hamilton further to better Vettel and the rest of the field in 2019.

"Charles seems like such a happy-go-lucky guy, very relaxed and I think the team are really going to take to him. And that sometimes can hurt the other driver" Button said.

"It's when the challenges stop you decide 'you know what, I'm going to do something else'. But with the way Formula 1 is, with the regulation changes and driver changes, he will want to keep going" Button added.

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  • f1ski

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    Toto paid them to add pressure to the already shaky Vettel

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    • Jan 29 2019 - 16:20
    • lol right, why no start the conspiracy theories before the teams even launch

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      • Jan 29 2019 - 16:50
    • Rosberg talking about 'pressure' and 'giving up' is one of the finest jokes to kick of 2019.

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      • Jan 29 2019 - 19:04
  • They are probably correct though, this year is probably showtime for Vettel. If he dont shine, heads will roll.

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    • Jan 30 2019 - 06:17
    • blade

      Posts: 341

      Agree entirely Calle - he's underperformed for last two years, bits of brilliance undoubtedly, but too many mistakes for a driver in a 500m budget team.

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      • Jan 30 2019 - 10:44
    • He was mostly brilliant I'd say, the problem was that he failed where he couldnt afford to fail. Stuff like Germany can happen, sure, but he really didnt afford to fail so spectacularly. This really could've been Ferrari's year, but Vettel's mistakes and Kimi's just "being there" really didnt help their case. They need to adress that for 2019.

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      • Jan 30 2019 - 19:11

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